Jon Tarrant, Jersey School for Girls
All girls school, fee paying buy subsidized by council.
Two year tablet PC project with Year 7 class.
Stylus use differed between girls using pen just as pointing device and those using it fully.
Didn't improve attainment in ICT or Science. Tablets not used in Maths and didn't affect maths attainment.
Next year ICT and English use stayed the same, but in Physics pupils given choice to whether they used tablet or paper. Pupils chose paper because easier to write/draw/revise with books, don't like tablet PCs, tablets too slow and heavy
"its like giving us a playstation then not letting us play on it" - technology should not just replicate non-tech teaching
Tablet PCs when there is mixed use in class or whole class use can distract from the learning.
Measured four times in a year:
quality of learning
presentation of work
organisation of work
enjoyment of school
feedback from teachers
Jon believes way ahead is learning environments.
In Jersey WAP services are free. They will be looking at exploiting this in the future.
Phil Wood, University of Leicester
Investigating use of PDAs with A-level students in virtual and real geography fieldwork.
Catherine Eccleston - Levels of student autonomy
Procedural, personal and critical.
Virtual fieldwork tends to be aimed at Higher Education
PDAs had GPS and MP3 commentaries for real fieldtrip
Afterwords the pupils had to do a personal report in the holidays. To support this a wiki was created by the students with summaries.
Why use Virtual fieldwork? prepared the students, gave them a chance to 'experience' the environments they would visit, etc.
PDAs used to increase pupil autonomy. Students navigated round the town centre themselves. Info on PDA could be used for just in time learning. Data was recorded in excel and downloaded once back in school.
Pupils liked using the pdas, more enjoyment of the task, greater interaction of the environment. Good understanding of five sites and also areas in between. More interactive.
Students identified their practice as being more independent that usual.
Now developing second generation virtual fieldwork platform with English Heritage.